This is a spoiler-free Thor: Ragnarok review. I attended a complimentary screening in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
I have to be completely honest. He might be able to summon lightning from the skies, but Thor isn’t the Marvel character that’s won my heart. I’ve always thought his hammer was cool, and his role in the Avengers is great, but the first two Thor films weren’t favorite. So I was skeptical prior to seeing the third movie. This Thor: Ragnarok review has even surprised me – I’m more #TeamThor than ever before.
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Thor: Ragnarok Review
Why This Thor Movie is Different
There’s one immediate difference that sets Thor: Ragnarok apart from his prior films – a sense of humor. Our mighty God has a defined comedic role that wasn’t there before. It’s noticeable from the very beginning and continues throughout the movie. Thor doesn’t miss a beat, from scene to scene, I was laughing the enter time. It’s a refreshing side of Thor that I never knew was missing.
Dare I say, it’s closer to the Guardians of the Galaxy end of the spectrum? I think director Taika Waititi‘s decision to include the comedy was the smartest yet for the franchise.
As always though, Chris Hemsworth makes a mighty Thor that’s easy on the eyes.
It’s a Semi-Relatable Storyline
Even though Thor is from another realm, he faces the most relatable issue ever in Thor: Ragnarok – family drama. The movie is all about the never-ending saga between his family members that puts him directly in the middle. If you’re a Loki fan, you’ll be happy to know that he’s up to his usual tricks.
But, the two meet Hela, The Goddess of Death. She is Marvel’s first female villain and Cate Blanchett does a fantastic job playing the more dark side of the movie. She’s out to destroy Asgard and take the throwne.
The Hulk and Thor Combo
You might be wondering how the Hulk makes an appearance. Thor and Loki find themselves stranded on a brightly colored planet that reminds me of any awesome 1980’s TV Show (you’ll see what I mean). The ruler of the planet holds Thor captive and condemns him to gladiatorial combat – where his foe turns out to be “a friend from work”. Enter the Hulk. If you’ve seen the trailer, that’s not a spoiler.
Without going into any detail, Mark Ruffalo who plays the Hulk, makes a great side-kick to Thor. That was completely unexpected to me. They two character’s humors are matched and they paired nicely together. I think Marvel fans will appreciate the Hulk’s newfound role in this movie. It’s far more significant than we’ve seen in the past.
The Comedy Wins
I think all audience members are going to fall in love with this side of Thor that we’ve never seen. It’s unpretentiously funny and never let’s up throughout the movie. Even Loki and the Hulk show us some witty banter as well. If for no other reason, go see the movie for a great laugh. You’ll thank me later.
Is Thor: Ragnarok Safe for Kids?
Like any action movie, there is violence. That’s just part of seeing an action movie these days. There aren’t any swear words or overly sexual moments. Obviously, I wouldn’t be taking my preschooler, but I think it’s a great movie to take your Tweens and Teens to see. Maybe even ages 10 and up. It depends how you stand on the violence factor.
Thor: Ragnarok Opens in Theaters Everywhere November 3rd
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